Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

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Dental Bridges

Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic concern - they open the door to more dental problems, including additional tooth loss.

Porter Dental Group’s custom dental bridges can restore your smile and help you avoid complications caused by missing teeth.

We offer traditional, same-day, and implant-supported bridges at our Charlotte, NC, practice.

We Offer Dental Bridges That Fit Your Lifestyle & Budget

Using modern dentistry, Porter Dental Group in Charlotte, NC, offers patients a wide range of options to replace missing teeth. For those missing one tooth or a row of teeth, dental bridges offer a reliable, natural-looking solution. 

Dental bridges let you smile with confidence and restore your natural bite so that you can once again enjoy your favorite foods. And, by putting their advanced training and technology to use, our dentists are also able to tailor patients' dental bridges to fit their unique needs and budgets. From implant-supported bridges to cantilever bridges and more, we strive to find the perfect treatment for each patient. 

Traditional Dental Bridge

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A traditional bridge, which is literally a bridge of teeth, offers a fast, affordable solution for many people.

A typical bridge design features one to three false teeth (called pontics) attached to dental crowns at either end of the bridge. The dental crowns secure the bridge in your mouth by slipping over natural teeth (called the abutment teeth) that have had some enamel removed to make room for the crowns.

Traditional bridges are a time-tested method for replacing missing teeth, and the entire process can be completed in just two visits to our Charlotte office.

During the first appointment, each anchor tooth will be shaped and an impression taken of the area so that our trusted lab can create the bridge, which typically takes a few weeks. We'll also provide a temporary bridge that you will wear until you return to have the permanent bridge placed at a second appointment.

Same-Day Bridge

Cerec machine

Same-day dental bridges are similar to traditional bridges, except instead of using an outside lab to fabricate your bridge, we can create the bridge while you wait using our sophisticated CEREC technology.

After shaping your support teeth for the bridge, our dentist will scan your mouth to create a 3D image of the treatment area. This highly precise image will allow the dentist to create a custom bridge for your mouth and then upload the design into our precision milling machine to be created.

This streamlined process is highly precise and creates a durable, lifelike bridge that fits comfortably. Patients appreciate having all their dental work done in one visit, and not having to worry about wearing a temporary bridge.

Implant-Supported Bridge

Implant-supported bridge

Like traditional bridges, implant-supported bridges feature pontics attached to abutments - but instead of being supported by natural teeth, the abutments are held in place by posts, called dental implants. The posts are inserted into the jaw, and once new bone growth secures the implants in place (which typically takes a few months) a bridge can be attached.

Implant-supported bridges are appreciated by patients who want to promote a lifetime of oral health. Implants help maintain a strong jaw and do not require any alteration to your natural teeth, which is necessary with traditional bridges.

The process of getting implant-supported bridges does take longer since patients wait for new bone to naturally grow around the implant. Dental implants also typically cost more, at least initially. However, over time costs may be more comparable to traditional bridges when you consider the durability of implants. With proper care, the implants themselves can last for decades, or even a lifetime. In many cases, only the bridge itself will need to be repaired due to the normal wear and tear of daily life.

5-Star Reviews from Our Patients 

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Eric Wagner

2021

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I have been with Dr. Porter since I was a kid. I am now 32 and have a family of my own and a little girl I will bringing when she’s old enough. My wife and I have never once had a bad experience. Everyone is so friendly and they are very professional. I would highly recommend anyone come in and take the time to have the same great experience I have each time I walk in that door.

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Jules F

2021

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This is a practice that is truly an efficient and pleasurable Dentist experience. I have never felt pressured here and this staff shows tremendous caring towards their patients and towards each other. I transitioned to Dr Porters group about 7 years ago after living in Charlotte for 22 years. This will be my permanent dentist office. Thank you for excellent service.

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Dr. Porter

Charles A. Porter III, DDS and Robert E. Porter, DDS

Dr. Charles Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. Working alongside his father, Dr. Robert Porter earned his DDS at UNC Adams School of Dentistry. He is certified in Spanish, and will gladly use Spanish throughout your visit if that makes you feel most comfortable. Our doctors are members of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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135 S Sharon Amity Rd
Ste 200
Charlotte, NC 28211

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